Be honest: blogging your book hasn’t been as easy as you thought, has it?
Don’t fret. Just because writing something both long and engaging is difficult doesn’t mean the entire process has to be fraught with headache-inducing stress.
Take advantage of the free online tools that can not only make your job easier but can actively reduce your workload as you sprint toward the finish line. Here are a few favorites:
- Grammarly. Think of Grammarly as your personal proofreader. No, Grammarly isn’t full artificial intelligence, but it does do an excellent job of picking up those strange grammatical missteps that your word processor’s spell-check feature missed. Grammarly has a robust free version that makes it easy to plug in content and review it at the drop of a hat.
- Evernote. Come across a piece of research that will be a perfect addition to that first chapter you wrote so long ago? Need a way to organize your notes in a simple, cohesive way? Evernote easily integrates into your browser to keep tabs on just about everything you’ll come across, which in turn makes gathering and searching through your personal research much easier.
- Dropbox. “Cloud storage” sounds complicated. You know what’s even more complicated? Losing an entire session of writing because you didn’t save it correctly. Dropbox makes it possible to not only back up your files online and share them across multiple platforms but to review previously saved changes. In 2018, there’s just no excuse for losing big chunks of content—not with services like Dropbox entirely free and available.
- Google Docs. Google Docs makes it possible to create a wide variety of file types and work directly in your browser, automatically saving as you go. That’s it; no worrying about power outages, laptop batteries, or other issues that could interrupt your work. Google Docs also makes it easy to share your documents with beta readers, proofreaders, and editors. Additionally, you can use many of the same tools as you’d find in Microsoft’s Office suite, such as leaving yourself notes for later revision.
- Readable.io. Is your book readable? Given its audience, should you simplify and shorten sentences? Reconsider word choices? You won’t know until you’ve analyzed your manuscript. That’s where Readable.io comes in. This free service analyzes everything from Word documents to PDFs—and yes, it can even handle eBooks. Whether you want to use this tool for editing purposes or to satisfy your own curiosity, it creates invaluable insights into your writing.
- Cliché Finder. Who wants to write a book that’s full of clichés? No one, that’s who. Cliché Finder is an easy browser-based program that makes it possible to weed out the clichés from your writing. This won’t only challenge you to improve your prose but will give you a leg up when editing, giving the manuscript a more vibrant and original feel.
Blogging your book shouldn’t feel like running a marathon. Use these tools liberally to make your writing process easier. When you do, it w, kill feel like accepting a cup of Gatorade as you continue moving toward the finish line.
Do you have an online tool that makes blogging your book easier? If so, to add it to this list by leaving a comment below.
About the Author
Dan Kenitz is a freelance writer and ghostwriter from Wisconsin who helps individuals and companies build their brands through valuable content. www.empirewriter.com